Impact Report for Dec. 14 - RVD and Kenny King Rematch
Blaine van der Griend / December 14, 2012 - 12:04am
I missed the opening segment, so my description of it will be really brief.
Bobby Roode comes out to open the show and complain about what happened to him at Final Resolution. Aces and 8s interrupt, and Devon tells Roode that someone else paid them to attack him at the pay per view. Before any answers are given, Jeff Hardy and James Storm run out to chase Aces and 8s off.
A video is shown of Mickie James, who is in tears after losing her title match at Final Resolution. She keeps saying that she’s disappointed in herself for letting everybody down.
Match #1: Madison Rayne vs. Velvet Sky
Tenay notes that Madison has won the Knockouts Title four times (I believe all four may have been in the same year). I’d like to note that Velvet has held that title for four weeks. The two ladies have a verbal exchange before getting physical, as Taz makes some lame jokes. Velvet introduces Madison’s head to the turnbuckles. Madison takes Velvet down and then stands on her hair, while pulling her up by the hands. Madison delivers a modified Edge-o-matic, using Velvet’s hair to take her down. She follows up with the scissor stomps for a near fall. Velvet answers back with several mistimed facebusters. She then delivers a running bulldog. Velvet finishes Madison off with the double-underhook faceplant.
Winner: Velvet Sky by pinfall
Kurt Angle is backstage with his two protégés, Garrett Bischoff and Wes Brisco. He compliments their work, but says they’re going to be on their own tonight in tag team action. And then in another shameless ad, Angle offers Brisco and Bischoff some 5-hour Energy to prepare for their match.
Christopher Daniels and Kazarian are talking backstage, as they are interrupted by the Reaction crew. Jason Hervey asks them if they had anything to do with the Aces and 8s payoff at the pay per view. Daniels says that they wouldn’t do that, since Bobby Roode is a friend of theirs. He adds that if anyone should be questioned about this, it’s the one man who has nothing to lose, and that’s AJ Styles.
Up next is a video with highlights of the 8-man tag match at Final Resolution, also featuring new comments from Samoa Joe and Wes Brisco.
Match #2: Robbie E. and Robbie T. vs. Garrett Bischoff and Wes Brisco
For some reason, Kurt Angle accompanies his two protégés to the ring, despite telling them that they’d be on their own. The Robbies sneak attack the two rookies to kick things off. Big Robbie applies a bearhug to Brisco, as little Robbie runs across the ring and knocks Garrett off the apron. Little Robbie misses a flying elbow drop off the middle rope, which allows Brisco to make the tag. Bischoff comes in and hits a flapjack on little Robbie, but then takes a cheap shot from big Robbie from the blindside. Brisco tags back in and delivers a top rope flying crossbody to Robbie T. for the win.
Winners: Garrett Bischoff and Wes Brisco by pinfall
After the match, Brisco and Bischoff celebrate their victory, as a masked Aces and 8s man comes out of nowhere and swings a hammer into the back of Angle’s knee on the outside, before quickly making his exit. They announced earlier that Angle would challenge Devon for the TV Title next week, so I’m assuming this attack has something to do with that.
After the break, Angle is receiving medical attention backstage. The doctor tells Angle that he just has severe swelling on the back of his leg.
Up next is a video, showing Joseph Park arriving at OVW. He introduces himself to Danny Davis in the front office. Park is reluctant to start training, because he doesn’t have his gear right now, but Davis says he has to just train with what he’s got on (a suit). Davis basically works Park like a dog and make him run laps, until Park eventually pukes.
Victoria and Jessie Godderz barge into Brooke Hogan’s office. Tara says she doesn’t want any more problems to exist between herself and Brooke, especially when her boyfriend Jessie beats Brooke’s boyfriend Bully Ray tonight. Brooke reminds Tara that she will be selecting her opponent on Championship Thursday, which I believe they said is next week.
Kenny King is interviewed by the Reaction crew. He says he can learn a lot more from a loss than he can from a win (referring to his pay per view match, of course). With that, he tells RVD to enjoy his title for now, because tonight, he’s planning to knock Van Dam on his ass.
Match #3: Jeff Hardy and James Storm vs. Aces and 8s
Aces and 8s is represented by DOC and another big masked man in this match. DOC is really starting to look like one of the Harris boys with that vest on. Storm attacks early with a flying clothesline on DOC. Hardy then headscissors the bigger guy out of the corner. He follows that up by meeting both Aces and 8s guys on the floor with a running dual clothesline off the apron, as we head to commercial. After the break, Hardy has been isolated in the Aces and 8s corner. The masked man drops an elbow on Hardy for two. Hardy responds with a jawbreaker, but is unable to make the tag. The masked guy delivers a leg drop to the back of Hardy’s neck for two. DOC runs across the ring for a big splash on Hardy for another near fall. Hardy comes back with the whisper in the wind. Storm finally gets a tag and goes wild. He hits an enzugiri on the masked man from the apron and then follows up with a flying crossbody off the top rope for two. Hardy uses Storm to deliver poetry in motion. Other Aces and 8s members, including Devon, come into the ring, but they’re all taken out by Hardy and Storm. Storm drills DOC with the last call super kick, in sync with the twist of fate by Hardy on the masked guy for the win.
Winners: James Storm and Jeff Hardy by pinfall
After the match, Devon takes the microphone and informs both Hardy and Storm that the man who paid off Aces and 8s at Final Resolution was none other than Austin Aries. For some reason, Hardy and Storm are both shocked by this, despite the fact that Aries is a heel.
Hulk Hogan is backstage, yelling at one of the producers that something needs to be done about Aries. He is then interrupted by Bobby Roode, who is also livid. Hogan tells Roode that he has no right to be upset, since he did the same thing last week. Roode says what Aries did was worse, since he ruined Hogan’s pay per view main event. Hogan then receives a call from Aries himself. He tells Aries that he needs to see him immediately.
Up next is a video package with highlights of the Daniels vs. Styles match at Final Resolution.
AJ Styles comes out to the ring for the next segment. He tells everyone that he isn’t going anywhere, but he has no idea what the next step is for him. He says he’s spent so much time trying to look out for everybody else, that he’s forgotten about himself. AJ removes his Impact shirt and cap, saying that this has nothing to do with Impact Wrestling, but everything to do with AJ Styles. He says he no longer wants to be a corporate puppet, and adds that from now on, he’s going to be doing his own thing.
Dixie Carter randomly shows up at the Impact Zone this week. She stops AJ Styles in his tracks and asks him what his problem is. He just ignores her and walks away. Christopher Daniels and Kazarian are shown watching this on a monitor. Daniels starts taking credit for sending AJ Styles packing and does a bit of a hokey pokey to celebrate, until Kaz stops him and says that he has a surprise for Daniels tonight.
Match #4: Rob Van Dam vs. Kenny King in a non-title match
There is some nice chain wrestling in the early going. Van Dam catches King on the button with a spin kick, but then he turns to do his thumbs taunt, which allows King to run and drive a knee into Van Dam’s back, sending RVD to the floor. King meets him out there with a corkscrew plancha and then rolls him back in for two. King gets some serious height on a flying back elbow in the corner. Van Dam catches King with a spin kick out of the corner. King hotshots Van Dam and then delivers a springboard blockbuster for two. Van Dam plants King with a falling front slam, but misses the split-legged moonsault. RVD rebounds with a bridging northern lights suplex for two. He then delivers the windmill kick, followed by a spinning leg drop. King reverses a flying crossbody off the top rope and gets a pin with his feet on the rope.
Winner: Kenny King by pinfall
Bully Ray storms into Hulk Hogan’s office backstage. Ray asks if Hogan’s had a change of heart after Final Resolution. Hogan says he has a problem with Ray’s involvement with his daughter, and says that Brooke would not have even been in harm’s way at Final Resolution, if not for Ray. Ray turns it around and tells Hogan that maybe it’s Brooke who’s been after him this whole time, while those feelings were never returned. Ray says the only reason he protected Brooke against Aries is because he was trying to do the right thing. Ray tells Hogan that his daughter is a grown woman, and what she does is her own business.
Match #5: Jessie Godderz vs. Bully Ray
Ray meets Jessie head on with a double axe handle to the face. He then just about knocks Jessie back to TV land with a heavy right hand, followed by a big boot. Ray then viciously slaps Jessie’s chest, until Tara finally runs in to stop him. Tara turns around and bends over for some reason, which allows Ray to smack her on the ass. This ticks off Jessie, who attacks Ray from behind to finally get the advantage. Jessie misses a leg drop, which allows Ray to deliver the Bully cutter for the win (the cut on Bully Ray’s forehead that was opened up by Austin Aries was reopened here).
Winner: Bully Ray by pinfall
Austin Aries finally arrives to the building. He tells the Reaction crew to get out of his face, and just wait until he tells the world what he has to say.
Austin Aries comes out for the final segment. He fully admits to paying off Aces and 8s at Final Resolution (how does Aries have more money than Roode?). Aries says he doesn’t care that Aces and 8s ratted him out, because there is no honor among thieves anyway. Aries says a few months ago, he was the one responsible for fighting Hulk Hogan’s battle against Aces and 8s. He adds that once Hogan no longer needed him, he just pushed him to the side and jumped on the Jeff Hardy bandwagon (at least we have a motive this time). Jeff Hardy interrupts and calls Aries pathetic for hiring other people to fight for him. He says if Aries wanted a title match, all he had to do was ask. Aries says if it was that easy, he wouldn’t have had to jump through hoops just to get an opportunity. Jeff Hardy says that since next week is Championship Thursday, he’s going to give Aries another rematch for the World Title next week. Aries turns down the offer, saying that he doesn’t do what the fans want, nor does he do what Hardy wants. He says he only does what he wants, when he wants to do it. Hardy says that unlike Aries, he always gives the fans what they want. With that, Hardy tackles Aries to the floor, and they exchange punches. Aries goes for the brainbuster, but Hardy counters and hits the twist of fate. He then goes for the swanton, but before he leaves the top rope, Aries slides to the floor and heads up the ramp to close the show.
This show wasn’t really bad, but it was just boring. The tag match with Aces and 8s against Hardy and Storm went way too long, and they’ve really made this group look so pathetic, that they only get the upper hand when they attack people from behind or if they have the numbers advantage. I don’t know why they’re postponing the Brisco and/or Bischoff heel turn, since everybody already knows it’s coming, and I strongly doubt that anyone would care when it does. I liked the Van Dam vs. King match, but it seems like Kenny King just turned heel overnight, which doesn’t make a lot of sense. Daniels was fantastic tonight once again, but unless I missed something, they never got to that surprise that Kazarian says he had for him. Hulk Hogan was more tolerable than usual tonight, and I actually kind of enjoyed the exchange of words between him and Bully Ray, even though Ray should get most of the credit for that. This AJ Styles angle might be interesting, but I’ve thought that about several TNA angles, and they all end in disappointment. 5 out of 10.